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Toseland getting to grips with Yamaha M1

Toseland getting to grips with Yamaha M1

Experiencing a pleasing conclusion to his maiden MotoGP test, British rider James Toseland clocked his fastest time of the three-day Malaysian excursion on Saturday, a 2'03.550 lap of the Sepang circuit onboard the Yamaha M1.

Experiencing a pleasing conclusion to his maiden MotoGP test, British rider James Toseland clocked his fastest time of the three-day Malaysian excursion on Saturday, a 2'03.550 lap of the Sepang circuit onboard the Yamaha M1.

The 27 year-old, who joins Herve Poncharal's Tech 3 team for his rookie season in the World Championship, made swift progress over the course of the outing, having opened the test with his first 800cc crash.

The Briton worked diligently under entirely new conditions, having never ridden either his bike or the Sepang circuit before. He was the first out on track when the tarmac had dried out on Friday, following on from a Thursday spent learning the ropes from new team-mate Colin Edwards.

"I'm getting used to things, and the bike is more my own each time that I go out," said Toseland after completing his work on Saturday. "We didn't do much with the setting, which was okay, just tried a lot of tyres to see which compounds and profiles suit my riding. We were just over a second quicker each day, which was important."

Toseland's fastest lap was quicker than those put in by former Tech 3 riders Sylvain Guintoli and Makoto Tamada in the 2007 race at Malaysia, a track which was not the most successful circuit for the Yamaha satellite team by any stretch of the imagination.

The current superbike champion is scheduled to undertake his second MotoGP test before the end of the month, heading to Jerez for another three days of intense activity from November 27th.

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MotoGP, 2007

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